Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Ceisteanna (80)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

80. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the expenditure from his overall budget which has been set aside to be provided to the 31 local authorities, excluding housing bodies, in 2018 and 2019 for the construction of social housing; the expected number of social housing units that will be delivered by each local authority excluding housing bodies for 2018 and 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4577/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Within the overall €6 billion investment framework for Rebuilding Ireland, a funding provision of €1.9 billion is provided for the delivery of housing programmes in 2018.  This represents a 36% increase over 2017 expenditure and will ensure that 25,500 new households have their housing need met this year. 

In 2018, some 5,000 new social housing homes will be delivered through a range of construction programmes, supported by overall capital funding of €1.14 billion, including a funding provision of almost €640 million for the local authority capital programme. A further 900 social housing homes will be acquired and 2,000 social housing homes will be leased for households currently on social housing waiting lists.

In relation to 2019, the budgetary allocations for the delivery of individual housing programmes will be determined in the context of the annual estimates process, from within the overall €6bn in funding that has been ring fenced by Government to support the delivery of Rebuilding Ireland.

At the second Housing Summit, held on January 22nd, I asked each Local Authority Chief Executive to furnish a report by mid-February, confirming and setting out how their Local Authority will deliver on its social housing targets over the coming years. It is my intention that the targets will be published as soon as possible thereafter, and progress made by each Local Authority in terms of delivery against these targets will then be published on an ongoing basis, providing greater accountability and driving delivery.

In relation to social housing construction activity, my Department publishes comprehensive status reports, on a quarterly basis, in relation to social housing construction schemes for all local authority areas, showing details such as their locations and a range of information relating to their advancement.  The most recent of these reports covers the period up to the end of quarter 3 of 2017. It includes information on the delivery of over 12,000 new social housing homes, which were approved and progressing through planning, design, and construction, or have been completed in 2016 and to the end of quarter 3 of 2017. The report also showed that there were over 3,600 new homes on site and under construction and a further 2,000 new homes with approval to appoint contractors, and move onto the construction phase. The report can be accessed on my Department's website at the following link:

http://rebuildingireland.ie/news/quarter-3-social-housing-construction-status-report/.

In relation to the 50,000 social housing homes that will be delivered under Rebuilding Ireland out to 2021, almost 33,500 will be delivered through build activity and some 6,500 delivered through acquisitions, with the remaining 10,000 delivered through long-term leasing initiatives, as set out in the following table.

Year

Build

Acquisition

Leasing

2016

2,260

1,755

225

2017

3,200

1,250

600

2018

4,969

900

2,000

2019

6,385

1,025

2,130

2020

7,716

800

2,631

2021

8,907

800

2,450

 Totals

33,437

6,530

10,036

The following table shows the elements of the build activity of almost 33,500 social homes, including those that will be built directly by local authorities and AHBs, as well as properties constructed for social housing through Part V and refurbished properties/voids, together with some 6,500 acquisitions, over the period 2016 to 2021.

Delivery

Build

Acquisition

Local Authority

 16,328

1,480 

AHB

 8,960

5,050

Refurbished properties/Voids

 3,459

 -

Properties constructed for social housing through Part V

 4,690

 -

 Total

 33,437

 6,530